Nowadays many Islamic practices have turn ritualistic. An Islamic practice is said to become ritual when it is practice without even knowing the real reason why such practices have been ordered by Allah, done with incorrect intention and not in the way shown by Prophet Muhammad SAW. When an Islamic practice is performed as a ritual, it has no soul or life. As the practices have no soul or life, it has no power to attract the help of Allah or gain rewards from Allah. A ritual practice may still have the appearance and names of an Islamic practices but it does not possess the soul or life of an Islamic practices. One of the most important Islamic practices that have turn ritual is the reciting of the Great Kalimah ‘I bear witness there is no God but Allah and I bear witness Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’. Upon reciting the Great Kalimah a person must fulfill the right of the Great Kalimah. What is the right of the Great Kalimah? The right of the Great Kalimah is to enjoin Good and to forbid the Evils. What could be the greatest evil ever committed by mankind other than refusing to acknowledge the existence of Allah as the only God and Muhammad SAW as the Prophet of Allah. And what could be the most good action ever committed by men other than to acknowledge the existence of Allah as the only God and Muhammad SAW as the messenger of Allah by reciting the Great Kalimah in the presence of a witness. In order to fulfill the right of the Great Kalimah, a person after having reciting the Great Kalimah must deliver the Great Kalimah to all those who have not recited the Great Kalimah in this world and to persuade them with love and affection to recite the Great Kalimah. When a person recite the Great Kalimah, all the sins from the day he or she was born until the time of reciting the Great Kalimah will be forgiven by Allah. In addition, all the sins will be converted into good deeds.
Today, when a Muslim recites the name of Allah, it is only a mere ritualistic action with no soul to the action. An action without a soul is dead and a dead action is not love by Allah and it will not lead to the fulfillment of the promises of Allah. As nowadays Muslims are not fulfilling the right of the Great Kalimah, the recitation of the Great Kalimah is a mere ritual action, because the recitation of the Great Kalimah does not come from the heart of the Muslims but only from the mouth. When the Great Kalimah is not in the heart of the Muslims, Muslims will be devoid of sincerity in all of their actions. A Muslim who do not have the Great Kalimah in their heart ,will not be able to perform any orders of Allah, with the intention of pleasing Allah(sincerity), because the love of Allah or the Great Kalimah is not in his or her heart. If the Great Kalimah or the love of Allah is not in the heart of Muslims, definitely love of other than Allah will be in the heart of Muslims. Any actions done, not with the intention of pleasing Allah will become a ritual action. All actions done, not with the intention of pleasing Allah is an action without soul or life. When a Muslim who has no Great Kalimah in his or her heart (as a result of not fulfilling the right of the Great Kalimah) perform five times daily prayers, the performance of the five time daily prayers will be devoid of sincerity and become a mere ritual practices.
Nowadays, because the Great Kalimah is not in the heart of Muslims (as a result of not fulfilling the right of the Great Kalimah)not only the performance of five times daily prayers have become a mere ritual but all other orders of Allah have become a mere ritual practices. In order to make things worse, many Muslims like to add to the already ritualistic Islamic practices, Bidaah practices, practices which are not even done by Prophet Muhammad SAW with the intention of strengthening the already ritualistic Islamic practices. Because of this, Islamic practices become more ritualistic and difficult to practice and many Muslims turn away from the teaching of Islam. Because Muslims have not fulfilled the right of the Great Kalimah, Allah is not pleased with the Muslims and Allah is not instilling the Great Kalimah into the heart of all Muslims. When Muslims are practising all the other orders of Allah, without the Great Kalimah inside their heart, all the other orders of Allah practice by the Muslims have become a mere rituals. Reciting the Great Kalimah and fulfilling the right of the Great Kalimah is the First Order of Allah and it has to be fulfilled by all Muslims ,males or females and failure to perform this First Order of Allah has makes all the actions of Muslims to become a mere ritual actions. A ritual action is a dead action and when all the actions of the entire Muslims in this world have become a mere ritual, the entire Muslims in this world can be regarded as a dead body that is incapable of doing and responding to anything. When the entire Muslim ummah is similar to a dead body, the enemies of the Muslims are capable of doing anything that they want towards the Muslim ummah.
We can make an analogy, when Muslims have become similar to that of the dead body, the enemies of the Muslims will be able to cut every parts of the dead body (Muslims) the way they like, without having the fear of Muslims will ever be able to counter back the attack. What is happening nowadays to the Muslims is exactly as if the Muslims are dead bodies. Muslims all over the world are being slaughtered and killed by non-Muslims. Muslims all over the world are being humiliated by the non-Muslims. Allah has used the Americans, Jews, Russians, Europeans and others to slaughter and to humiliate the Muslims. Allah is angry with the Muslims because Muslims have disobeyed the orders of Allah and the order of Allah that has been neglected by almost all the Muslims in this world is nothing other than the First Order of Allah which is the order for the Muslims to invite to Good (to invite the non-Muslims to recite the Great Kalimah and to invite the Muslims to do the work of Dakwah and to perform the five daily obligatory prayers) and to forbid the evils (non-Muslims refuse to recite the Great Kalimah and Muslims refuse to do the work of Dakwah and to perform the five obligatory prayers).Allah has cursed the Muslims as Allah has cursed the Jews and the Nasrani for neglecting the orders of Allah. Allah has cursed the Muslims and made them divided into 73 groups as Allah has cursed the Nasrani and made them into 72 groups and Allah has cursed the Jews and made them into 71 groups.
When all the practices of the Muslims have turn ritual and Muslims are like the dead body, Allah turn away from the Muslims. Whenever the Muslims pray to Allah for anything, their prayers will not be answered, and whenever Muslims ask for anything from Allah, it will not be granted and whenever Muslims ask for help from Allah against their enemies, Muslims will not be helped. Allah turns away from the Muslims and let the Muslims to be defeated and butchered by their enemies. When Muslims are defeated by their enemies, Muslims do not blame themselves for the defeat and instead they blame their enemies and start to say to the world that Allah will curse the enemies of Islam and Islam will be glorious. It is true that Islam will always be glorious but not to the followers who are not following the true teaching of Islam. Allah has made the Jews to punish the Arabs Muslims because the Arabs Muslims are neglecting the very first order of Allah. Muslims Arab must not blame the Jews but themselves and eliminate all the hatred that the Muslims Arabs have on the Jews and turn to the Jews with love and convey to them the Great Kalimah with love and without force. As long as Muslims and particularly the Arabs Muslims have hatred towards the Jews, the problem of the Middle East will not be solved by Allah. Muslims are trying to disclose their disobedient towards the First Order of Allah by putting all the blame of their defeat to their enemies. What is the value of the land of Palestine to Allah? And what is the value of the First Order of Allah to Allah? Naturally the order of Allah is valuable to Allah and the land of Palestine is valueless. In my opinion, we can forgo the claims of land and wealth but we cannot forgo the orders of Allah. When Allah is pleased with us, Allah will give us everything that we want in this world and hereafter.
Prof. Dr. Nasoha Saabin
Dean of Faculty of Optometry
International University College of Technology Twintech
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Source : http://mthago.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/ritual-practices-of-the-muslims-and-help-of-allah-to-the-muslims/